Monthly Archives: June 2016

Is the “voice artist” Andrew MacRae the same bloke as the “fake tradie”?

Same face, do you think? I don’t, and my opinion should count for something as I score in tests in the super-recognizer range. At first glance I thought the man shown in the vision of the political advertisement that Australia is currently heaping ridicule upon and the Andrew MacRae shown in a photo on Twitter who has been identified as the bloke in the ad were two different people, and after having a careful look at many different aspects of the appearance of the faces and ears and hairline, I’m even more sure that these are two different people, in appearance.

I’d say the bloke in the silly ad looks older than the man in the photo at the Twitter account of Andrew MacRae, but appearance is probably irrelevant anyway, because I think the ad has been dubbed. The voice is of a man trying to sound like a working-class person from England. The credits at the end of the ad read “Spoken by A. MacRae” so this A. MacRae need not look anything like the dude pictured in the ad, who could well be an actor. It is anyone’s guess what this A. MacRae looks like. The voice artist denies it is him. Maybe this is true. There must be heaps of men with the name “A. MacRae” in Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/’fake-tradie’-liberal-party-advertising-under-fire/7525090

 

 

 

Can you spot a sex offender or a terrorist just by looking at their face?

Adee, Sally Controversial software claims to tell personality from your face. New Scientist. May 27th 2016.

Similar story also in print: Issue 3076. June 4th 2016.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2090656-controversial-software-claims-to-tell-personality-from-your-face/

 

Is there any particular feeling that follows synaesthesia?

Nope. The train of thought and life in general continues on, just as before. Synaesthesia is just another kind of thought, or a fleeting memory, in fact, I’ve argued here that synaesthesia is an exotic variety of memory or learning (I’ve got to learn the difference between the two, or remember the difference between the two). I experience some types of synaesthesia that are so much a part of my normal train of thought and so brief that I mostly don’t notice that they ever happen. I’ve only really figured out that they are a thing when I systematically set out to make written records of them on any available bit of paper, just after they happened, during my everyday activities.